Hotel del Mare
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... we got home we were pretty starving so we went out for some more antipasti and some cocktails and wandered the streets. Em bought more stuff shopping, weird we've done reverse roles, he's bought more clothes than I have and I'm actually interested in "old ****" as I generally call it. The next morning was a lazy one. We wandered around, for once I did some shopping, bought some shoes and also got a litre of vodka ...
... Carnelle she was very nice and after my mom and dad got samples of limoncello we got to take one of their lemons. Limoncello is a 30% alcohol drink that is make from Special sweet lemons. They skin the lemons and put the rinds in with alcohol for 6 days. After they mix with water and sugar and drain. Limoncello is the local drink here and you find many shops with their own ...
... pictures of my food. Seriously, there may be a shot of every meal I've eaten thus far? Don't expect an apology from me though- I want to remember every ounce of this delicious pizza and pasta, and particularly how fresh the fruit and vegetables are. You don't even want to get me started talking about the gelato... It was true all along, what every one said about Italian food being eccellente!
... We also got another banana split to share. Why not! We were both tired from the food and alcohol now so we headed back to the room, 10.30pm. We decided to get an early night as we were set to wake up at 8.30am for another croissant breakfast and then checking out to get the train to Naples and then to Florence. Well, where do I start. I got up just before 9am to open the door for breakfast. I ate and started getting ready and woke Bradden up closer to 10am (as ...
... great. Back to the cars for another hour or so to Positano where we have a villa for the week. There was much excitement when we arrived as we have the most amazing views and a really nice villa. Dinner was prebooked for us at a restaurant just up the road (100m!) and most of the seating is across the road from the restaurant on a small footpath (with those great views!) and we were amused by the waiters dodging cars all night. I had a yummy seafood ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel del Mare Sorrento
We stayed here at the beginning of October 2004. It is all recently renovated, nicely furnished and decorated. Shower cubicle was real small though. Breakfast was good apart from the instant coffee. We could see the sea if we stood at the window, if you sit on the bed you just see the sky. Location is great. Restaurants on Marina Grande vary in price more than quality. A local beer can cost either 2 (Delfino) or 4 Euros at restaurants right next door to each other. The hotel was a bit pricey but Sorrento is an expensive place... A couple of days we hug out at the Santa Anna (?) beach - they had good food and sun on their sundeck till 4pm (the actual sand or mud beach and water in the lagoon is not something you want to go in)...
Pretty Little Hotel
Stayed here for several days in Sept. The owner is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School and it shows. We paid about $100 per day, the cheapest hotel on our trip. Breakfast was good, with proscuitto, rare to find in this level of hotel. The coffee was in hotel silver pots that did not drip! I agree with everything that the last reviewer said. Wish that we had known about the third floor view room-lots of traffic came around the curve below our balcony. Bathroom was new with a pretty patterned tile-same of the bedroom floor. Found the restaurants in Marina Grande to be quite expensive unless you just had pizza.
We stayed at the Hotel Del Mare from 1st-7th September. The Hotel is lovely and clean, the rooms quite small (as is very common in Italy), but they are very modern and the bathroom looks brand new and spotlessly clean. There is airconditioning, satellite TV and a good sized fridge and safety deposit box in the room. The desk staff are very friendly and accommodating and there is a bar on site, plus a lovely rooftop sun terrace.
The location of the hotel is superb- in the Marina Grande. The area is VERY close to the centre, despite some other reports- it took about 10 minutes to walk up some stone steps into the very centre- The Piazza Tasso. Alternatively it costs 1 euro on the bus to get to the centre, which leaves directly in front of the hotel every half hour until quite late at night. The marina grande is the best place to be during the day- there is a small beach, with about 6 different restaurants- 4 of which provide bathing platforms. For about 5 euros a day you can sunbathe all day on the platforms, with steps into the sea. Delfino's is the best though- they charge you 6 euros for the day but give you a discount of 2 euros each on any food or drinks you buy. (Dont go to Toni's Beach- one of the bathing areas- the sun disappears from his area at about 3pm)
One tip for the hotel- dont bother paying the extra for a balcony. It costs an extra 20 euros a night and the balcony is very small, and also looks out onto the main road down to the marina so not very private at all! Instead ask for a room on the 3rd floor with a sea view- you will be able to see right over the water to Vesuvias and the sun terrace is only one floor up in the lift.
There are a few small supermarkets at the marina, where you can buy drinks and food, and a fridge in the room to keep things in. The restaurants at marina grande are superb- huge portions for very little money. There are some good bars in the centre- if you want to catch any football matches Chaplains pub on Via Corso shows them, and also a great bar called Pis Pub (belgian) on the narrow cobbled street (known as The Drains) which runs adjacent to Via Corso. Pis Pub is also fantastic value for drinks- the best in Sorrento. Also La Lanterna restaurant again, on The Drains- was the best we ate in. You might wait for a table outside but it is well worth it.
If you arrive by train into Sorrento, walk the 2 minutes to Piazza Tasso and get a bus down to the hotel- taxis cost a fortune for a very small distance- we paid about 17 euros, and it was not worth it.
Sorrento is BEAUTIFUL- would love to go again soon, and the Hotel Del Mare is a very good option, reasonably priced, comfortable and in a great location.
Nice and Clean
The hotel was very clean and the staff were friendly. My wife and I enjoyed going to the roof top terrace at night with a couple of drinks purchased from the shop at the marina and undwinding from our day of exploring. The breakfast was definately good, however, I was a little surprised when I checked out and found out that I had to pay 15 euro per day for it (I assumed it was continental like many of the other three star hotels I've stayed at in Italy). If you don't mind being a 15 minute walk away from town I would recommend this hotel.
The hotel was everything you would hope for - good location at the marina, clean, friendly staff, great breakfasts (in fact, one of the best spreads I've seen in Italy). Can thoroughly recommend this hotel. It is a little on the small side but for the price it is great! Location wise, it is a little way out of town but a nice 15 minute walk up the giant stairs (they are not too steep) will get you into the main part of town. The bus stop is just outside of the hotel if you want the easy option and the frequent bus service is easily caught at Piazza Tasso (main square) - just look for the bus saying Marina Grande. The location is fabulous, and if you do end up staying here, make sure you go to "da Amelia" just below the steps - a family run no-nonsense trattoria, ignore the service and you will be treated to the best value and freshest tastiest food in Sorrento.
Fantastic Gem of a small hotel
This hotel is a gem. The facilities for it's price range (100 Euro per night for double room - 2--4) are first class. Our room was immaculate and cleaned top to bottom every day. Management and staff were entirely polite and efficient. It puts higher rated hotels to shame. Although located at Marina Grande which is down a steep hill from the main town a bus service operates every half hour so you are never faced by a climb into town (although we did by choice on a few occasions as the views are superb). I've not been in many hotels as good as the Del Mare.
Del mare hotel
We stayed at this hotel in May.The hotel is situated in a beautiful peaceful marina. This gave it a quaint home feel. You can see the ocean from our room on the 3rd floor. I could'nt stop staring out of the window. The room was small but it was clean and modern done with beautiful tile everywhere. The breakfast was the best Itailian breakfast we had at a hotel. Has a great tile deck on top with sea views.There are some great seafood resturants at the marina that overlook the water.
The 'Best little fishing village'
I stayed at the Hotel del Mare for 2 wonderful nights and I wish that I have stayed for my whole trip to Italy.The hotel is situated in a wonderful fishing village (Marina Grande) a 15 minute walk from the center of Sorrento or a few minutes by bus for 1 euro ride. I suggest that you take the bus in and walk back, it is a steep walk up the steps from the hotel to the center of town but a easy walk down! Older people may have a problem, the steps are very steep but you can also walk on the street from the other end of town. I have been to Sorrento before and Love it! I love it more at the Marina. The hotel is immaculate, the room was a nice size just for a single with TV, desk, armiour. The rooms are completely renovated and have all the modern day needs. Like some one else on the site said the shower is a bit small. It is the Italian type shower with the doors that close together in a circle. The rooms are all Itlalian tile in the sleeping area and the bath. The hotel is not on the Sea like some of the pictures suggest but from the upper floors there are rooms with a sea view. There is a wonderful roof top terrace that looks out over the sea and the mountains of Sorrento. So this worked for me. There are also great restaurants right around the corner that are not full of tourist. Try the Ristorante Delfino and say hello to Luisa and Andrea. The staff are very helpful and Tony at the front desk helped me with renting a car, with no problem. I love Italy and I go often, but I am now planning my next trip back to the Hotel del Mare!!!
Perfect views, lovely setting
Hotel is very modern, attractively furnished (and multi-function shower unit that is above anything I've seen before!). Breakfast was best I had in Italy-rather than the usual stale role and packet jam got a good selection of cheeses, meets, jams, fruit, yogurt etc. Setting is ideal though not as central as some. However if you don't mind a short climb into town (or a short bus ride) the setting is perfect. Set above a small fishing village, I could see and hear the sea from my bedroom (so relaxing lying back and hearing the waves lapping against the shore), and my friend had the most incredible view of the port and Vesuvius in the background. The price was very reasonable also. Highly recommended!
Wonderful Hotel in Sorrento
Located in the Grand Marina 10 minutes walk fro the center of town is the perfect hotel in Sorrento. Great staff and great location in the working fishing village part of the town. Bus runs into town every half hour (always on time) so visit the hustle an bustle but get away from it and enjoy quiet nights on the roof watching the stars. Rooms are modern and clean. Hotel was perfect.